ESTEEM IT AN HONOR
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Wherefore we labor, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him.” (2Cor. 5:9)
The Greek word is “philotemeomaii,” translated three times in the New Testament, as labor, study, and strive, yet it literally means: TO ESTEEM AS AN HONOR. Let us note all three cases.
It is a joy and a privilege to daily so live that whether we remain on earth, or are taken into the realms beyond the veil, our whole desire is to be accepted of Him. That we might be “to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Eph. 1:6) “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, of die, we are the Lord’s.” (Rom. 14:8)
“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your hands…” (1 Thess. 4:11) While to some it may appear a bit humorous, it is good instruction, and thus the literal rendering would be: “ESTEEM IT AN HONOR TO BE QUIET.” This is a far different attitude than that which desires to be continually seen and heard. The Psalmist declared, “Sure I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.” (Ps. 131:2) Thus quietness is a mark of maturity. When our soul realm is weaned – self no longer demands attention, is not constantly stirred up and agitated, but we are at rest in the Lord – one with His Spirit, while He “perfects that which concerneth us.” Not only to have a soul that is weaned, quieted, but also our spirit, for “a meek and quiet spirit, is in the sight of God of great price.” (1 Pet. 3:4)
“Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel.” (Rom. 15:20) Again the more literal rendering: “I ESTEEM IT AN HONOR TO PREACH THE GOSPEL.” There is “good news” to be declared, it is a joy, a privilege, an honor to speak of these things to others. That God would commit into us His Word of reconciliation, that we might “pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (1 Cor. 5:20) To be His voice, His messenger, to declare glad tidings – it is an honor!